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Featured updates

UVic establishes emergency bursary fund for students
UVic has created a COVID-19 Emergency Bursary available to all students—domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate—who are experiencing emergency financial need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read update.

Grading options for students this term
UVic is offering grading options for students this term, in an effort to help ensure academic quality and support student success, as well as to alleviate stress during these challenging times. Read update.

Summer session offerings (May-August, 2020)
Message from Vice-President Kuehne: The University of Victoria is working to move summer session course offerings online, allowing students to continue to progress through their degree programs. Read update.

COVID-19: Message from President Cassels
An update on the measures the University of Victoria is taking to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. Read update.

Services for students no longer offered in-person
UVic is transitioning a number of services for students from in-person to alternative forms of delivery. Read update.

See all updates

FAQs

Funding

I am facing unexpected financial hardships because of COVID-19. Are there any resources available to help me?

Yes! The university has created a COVID-19 Emergency Bursary available to all students—domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate—who are experiencing emergency financial need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is intended to provide for students’ urgent and emerging needs and enable them to continue their academic programs in this rapidly shifting learning environment. Examples of circumstances that will be taken into consideration include job loss; access to housing, food, tuition, or technology to facilitate online/remote learning; mental health services; child care; transportation; and other emerging needs directly related to the impact of COVID-19 on student life.

To start the application process, send a brief explanation of how you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 situation to Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) at finaid@uvic.ca. Once SAFA has processed your email, they will send you an application package to complete and return for review.

Visit SAFA's web page on emergency bursaries.

I'm an Indigenous student facing unexpected financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 situation. How do I access the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund?

UVic’s Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) provides emergency bursaries year-round through its Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund. Indigenous (First Nations status or non-status, Métis or Inuit) students currently enrolled in a full-time or part-time credit program are eligible to apply.

On April 3, the Province of BC announced an additional $1.5 million to support Indigenous students attending 25 post-secondary institutions in BC, including UVic.

Examples of circumstances that will be taken into consideration when applying for emergency funding include job loss; access to housing, food, tuition or technology to facilitate online/remote learning; mental health services; child care; transportation; and other emerging needs directly related to the impact of COVID-19 on student life. Other eligible expenses under the current emergency funding include unanticipated expenses like medical, dental and optical costs, and travel costs for family crisis or community obligations.

To start the application process, please send a brief explanation of how you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 situation to Crystal Seibold, Indigenous Student Support Co-ordinator at iaceiss@uvic.ca. You will be sent an application package to complete and return to IACE for review.


Immigration

Where can I find accurate information about immigration issues during COVID-19?

Please consult Government of Canada’s immigration website for the latest information.

What if my study permit is due to expire and I can’t travel home?

If you are no longer working or studying and your work or study permit will expire before you are able to travel home due to the COVID-19 situation, you may apply to remain in Canada as a visitor.  Please apply online for a Visitor Record, not a Temporary Resident Visa. 

What should I do if I need to extend my Study Permit?

International students who are currently in Canada are able to apply to extend their status online if their status is expiring within the next 4-6 months. Contact International Student Services at issinfo@uvic.ca for assistance or if you are a business student, please contact GSB International at gsbimmigration@uvic.ca 

Additional resources from International Student Services include COVID-19 tips and considerations for international students.


UVic's response to COVID-19

Why is UVic not closing?

The safety and well-being of our campus community and the health of our broader community is our top priority. As such, UVic is continuing to follow the advice of BC’s top medical experts including the provincial health officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

At this time, universities are being encouraged by the province to continue to take steps to remain open while promoting strategies to prevent the spread of the virus.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect the vulnerable, protect our community and protect the health care system, UVic has transitioned away from face-to-face classes, suspended non-essential travel, cancelled gatherings, temporarily suspended and/or modified some services and emphasized the importance for everyone to follow public health guidelines. In addition, UVic is temporarily suspending all on-campus research and creative project activities.

The university’s focus will remain on the health and well-being of our community and our students’ academic success.

Are there any presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island?

UVic has been notified that one member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19.

Stay up to date on areas with cases of confirmed COVID-19 in Canada and British Columbia on these websites:

How will the university provide timely updates related to COVID-19?

This website is the primary method of informing the community. If immediate action is required, other communications tools will also be used. 

Download the UVic SafetyApp and ensure you enable notifications. 

I have heard that a UVic community member is self-isolating. Does that mean they have the COVID-19 virus?

No, not necessarily. Community members who are self-isolating may simply be following the guidance of the provincial health officer after travelling or in the other circumstances noted in advice for travellers.

They may also be following standard infection control precautions, including self-isolation, as guided by UVic Health Services or their physician, for a completely separate medical issue.

What is UVic doing to prevent this virus from spreading throughout campus?

The university is monitoring the situation in Greater Victoria. In addition, an advisory group is managing UVic’s response and preparing for any potential cases. We will be working closely with public health officials and will follow their lead and direction.

What is UVic doing to increase cleaning on campus?

In accordance with the provincial health officer recommendations for post-secondary institutions, efforts are being put into place for cleaning and disinfecting of objects and surfaces that are frequently touched by multiple students or staff throughout campus.

These include door handles, push buttons, hand rails, light switches, water fountains, washrooms, change rooms, gym equipment and table/countertops in common areas.

What is happening with Spring 2020 Convocation?

The convocation ceremonies previously scheduled for June 8 to 12, 2020 have been postponed. The university is working on an alternative way for graduates to celebrate this momentous occasion. We will provide an update once the details have been confirmed. 

Convocation FAQs

Is there a list of campus closures?

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect the vulnerable, protect our community and protect the health care system, UVic has closed and/or modified some services.

Is parking free on campus right now?

Effective March 20, UVic Parking Services is temporarily suspending pay parking until further notice for those that pay to park on a daily or hourly basis. Notices will be posted on each parking dispenser. Further parking updates including the resumption of pay parking will be communicated through this webpage.

Will Vikes summer camp programs operate this summer?

Registration for Vikes Summer Camps begins Wednesday, April 1, at 7 a.m., alongside all other programs and offerings within the Vikes Spring and Summer Active Living Guide for July and August. The uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis could result in further changes to scheduling and facility availability, including cancellation of summer camp programs, at a future date.


Support & resources

What should I do if I have experienced discrimination or harassment in relation to COVID-19?

Every member of our university community has the right to be treated with respect and dignity and to be welcomed and supported on our campus. No person should be targeted in any way or subjected to discrimination resulting from a misplaced perception that they may be a carrier of a communicable disease based on their perceived disability, race, ancestry, place of origin or otherwise. This kind of targeting is discriminatory and a breach of university policy (GV0205).

If you feel you have been targeted based on any of the factors above, you should report this behaviour.

If you need immediate assistance because you fear for your personal safety, contact 911. For an on-campus safety concerns, contact Campus Security at 250-721-7599 (24 hours a day/7 days a week).

Otherwise, report the behaviour to Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) by emailing or calling 250-721-8786. EQHR's first action will be to invite you in for a confidential conversation about the policies and response options available.

Are there any UVic resources to help with anxiety, stress or other mental health issues?

It's normal to feel stressed, sad, confused, scared or angry in a time of uncertainty and unpredictability. If you've noticed an increase in anxiety, be kind to yourself - you are not alone! Counselling Services offers free support to current UVic students over the phone: 250-721-8341. You can also call Multifaith Services: 250-721-8338.

UVic staff and faculty can find support through our employee and family assistance program (EFAP).

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Where can I find counselling support?

Students are invited to contact Counselling Services (250-721-8341) to find support options. Explore the Counselling Services website to find more information about wellness resources. UVic staff and faculty can access support through our employee and family assistance program (EFAP).

Other resources:


For the latest UVic information, please check this website for updates. If you have further questions not covered by these FAQs, please email .